26/08/2015 6:39 AM AEST | Updated August 27, 2015 00:38
- Alanna VagianosWomen's Editor, The Huffington Post
- Damon DahlenStaff Photographer/Photo Editor, The Huffington Post
DAMON DAHLEN/HUFFINGTON POST
My scars are a part of me -- something that I have lived with over for many years.
I feel as if they are visible reminders of my life long physical and emotional challenges.
When I was young my scars defined me. As an adolescent, it was difficult to deal
with all the emotions and restrictions that came with my illness. My scarred body
was part of that package.
As I started dating, I would use the person's reaction to my scars and my
medical history as a reflection of his character, but I was also very self-conscious.
As I've grown older, my scars are the least of my problems.